Monday, 29 August 2016

life, week 32

Now that I'm starting work again (in two days!), I won't be able to meet these little ones - and their wonderful mamas - as often as before. I will miss them all.

rainy morning kale inspection with a side of pumpkin // We are totally newbies to this: how do you harvest kale? Pull up the whole stem? Just pick the leaves? In that case, which leaves to start with - the old ones at the bottom or the fresh, new ones at the top? Can we eat the leaves that have had visitors, if you know what I mean?

August 10, 7 am, 10 C // the first cup of the last day of my maternity leave

Feet in the air. His preferred way of sleeping in the pram.

first little kale harvest // so pleased with her new pyjamas (and the dinosaur socks)

first day // new job

dressing up a little bit for work, now that my maternity leave days are over

this Saturday morning idyll lasted for two whole minutes #momlife

Both my in-laws turn 70 this year. It has been properly celebrated. Several times. As you do when you turn 70. 

Sunday 8:30 pm

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Week 32: August 8-14

Friday, 26 August 2016

things I like lately

a little trip down memory lane: exactly two years ago we said good bye to this space - yes, I still miss it a little

- omelette with ham and cheese for lunch on Friday - my weekly home office/study day
- 10 pm bedtime all week
- the morning routine of making lunch boxes for Sara, Sverre and me
- restaurant etiquette 101
- the soundscape of her childhood
- the first week of both me and Sølve working plus both Sara and Sverre in kindergarten has been more smooth than expected
- getting text messages and photos from kindergarten with updates on how Sverre is doing - some tears but mostly he is doing fine
- 41 things to do before I turn 42 - especially the part about shooting a roll of film a month!
- Love Taza's Switzerland video
- our tomatoes are ripening
- being told that I look younger than my soon 37 years
- Sverre hugging Sara's stuffed animals
- dinner in the shade of the plum tree last Friday - today it is pouring down and it feels a bit like autumn
- chamomile tea and candles every evening

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Things I don't like lately

- still haven't gotten rid of that bad cough (time to see a doctor maybe?)
- Sara has started coughing too
- headaches, every day
- a repair guy came to see our dishwasher today (it's been broken for over a week) but he could't fix it because he needs new parts for it #angryface

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Answers to questions in the comment section:

- Irene asked if I can share my waffle recipe. Of course I can. Soon!

- Irene also asked, on this post: Astrid, how did you manage not to eat sweets for one whole month?! I ate way too much of it during my maternity leave - the habit of rewarding myself with a goodie during baby nap time got a bit our of hand - so I needed to do something. I figured the summer holiday was the perfect timing; away from my daily routines, keeping busy with friends and family. And it worked! It has now been almost two months (pretty much) without sweets, ice cream, salty snacks. My craving are gone and it feels amazing! And of course I love the bonus that my jeans are no longer too tight.

- Jill asked if I have any special tricks to edit my iPhone photos. I use the VSCO Cam app and LOVE it!

- Nikki asked on this post: How did Sverre like the sandy beach? And is that a little LEGO Bergen? He liked it a lot. And apparently he loves the sandbox in kindergarten. Yes! LEGO Bergen. Pretty cool, eh?!


Friday, 19 August 2016

things I like lately

from the May film of my a roll of film a month project // Kodak Gold 200, Minolta SRT 101

- Sverre turned 11 months this week!
- Sverre started kindergarten this week and it seems like he likes it
- Sverre has started to take an interest in books
- Sverre's second word (after mamma): ball! His favourite toy!
- the fact that I can see both sea and mountains from my desk at school
- a slower start to my new work/student life than expected - but still SO much to learn!
- Sara has inherited my old stereo player and loves listening to music in her room - with the door shut
- drinking my Monday night cap (chamomile tea) in the sofa watching the moon outside the living room windows
- harvesting kale from our own garden - I had no idea this would bring me such joy
- dinners on the terrace
- warm, sunny days - yet there is a slight change in the air - it feels a little crisper in the morning and evening
- the new IKEA catalogue - I have kept every catalogue since 1998 #nerd
- Fridays off work (I have a 80 % position) - not completely off though; I still have my studies
- meeting a new colleague who is going to study the same as me
- the redesign of one of my favorite blogs, Practicing Simplicity
- this dress from COS (via Ingvild)

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Things I don't like lately

- our dishwasher is broken so we have to do the dishes the old fashioned way - grateful for audiobooks to keep me company (currently listening to the first of Knausgård's "My Struggle" novels - I don't think I'll continue with the next five)
- Sverre is back in the habit of waking up at 5 am
- I still have a bad cough, especially at night

Thursday, 18 August 2016

life, week 31

happy to be united after a weekend apart // I really needed the break tough 

I love seeing how Sara's drawing skills develop.

I love hearing how excited he gets when he sees cats - both in books and real life.

His favorite amongst the books at Åsly: the little English one about growing pumpkins. Bonus: there are cats in it!

a souvenir from Trondheim // such pretty ceramics from Danish Studio Arhjo

Slooowly getting back to work mode while my oldest niece is out for Sverre's nap time pram walk (he slept for a record of nearly three hours!!).

family hike // finally a day (mostly) without rain

summer snow is fun 

zigzag mountain roads

Who needs toys when there's a kitchen full of fun stuff?!

being brave

had fun with ropes and heights today // luckily we were closer to the ground than to the treetops

sharing his treasures with grandma 

baby dinner time

two seconds later

No time for photos when her cousins are ahead of her up the path.

family selfie // from the oh so rainy Friday hike

øsende regn, pøsende regn 

lunch time shelter from the pouring rain

home bound 

summer traffic on narrow Norwegian fjord roads

dappled light love

tomato babies!

She asked if they could play outside together. I happily accepted.


He is finally able to explore the house by himself. Yay for crawling!

Good times!

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Week 31: August 1-7


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